Many have already addressed the coordinators and how they are the key to winning this game, I want to take this to a whole new level.
What if the last three weeks have been a set up (1. f4 e5)
What if we have all been played (2. g3 exf4)
What if the depth chart is a diversion (3. gxf4?? Qh4#)
OK, anyone had to think that 2 of the first three games were winnable. We we're probably gonna win one at home and Cleveland was a no brainer with Dorsey in and not kicking to Cribbs.
What could possible be more important to a team in our situation than beating the Colts? And the best way to do that is if they don't see it coming, it's a tackle trap on a macro scale. The Colts are gonna get ear-holed as bad as the 49ers did.
We all know.... KNOW..... that Jamal Charles is the man. Week one showed Indys weakness and only cemented the plan that was already being played out. The entire season to this point has been a set up. The Colts have to game plan to stop Thomas Jones, they cannot afford not too, and he is #1 on the depth chart with no wavering by our coaching staff. Cassel showed enough in the second half against the 9ers that the Colts have to come after him. (can you say screen, to Jamal, to McCluster). We were willing to possibly suffer a loss to set up the most important win of the regular season. Get the players believing in themselves and their coaches. Ride that for the rest of the season.
The game is played with a lot of emotion, coaches have to tap into that as much as talent and ability. What better way than to lay out a strategic plan for the first quarter of the season (Haley likes to break the season into 4 Qtrs) and get the players to buy in a little more each week, until BOOM...... out of nowhere, a Cinderella story !!!
Am I wrong? Probably but everybody loves a good conspiracy theory. And we were able to pull it off without the possible loss. After all "I'm not a smart man"